Posted by Jeremy on January 15, 2020 at 11:47 PM CST
It's been nearly two years since the Mod Squad at Blocks showed us, in issues 40 and 42, how to retrofit 75192 Millennium Falcon with a crew quarter and smuggling compartments and now they have turned their eyes on 75252 Star Destroyer, released last October, and have come up with a way to fix a common gripe - the lack of any interior details.
When images of this set first came out it was clear that fans who had hopes of seeing internal crew compartments, hangers and bridges were going to be disappointed. Asked why an interior wasn't included Jens Kronvold Frederiks, head honcho of the LEGO Star Wars team, explained that the decision wasn't design or cost-based but down to scale.
"The Imperial Star Destroyer is such a big ship that an interior would be totally out of scale. And since this is a UCS model mainly intended for display, we have put all our effort into making the model as cool and accurate looking. Adding an interior, or part of it might have influenced the look and accuracy of the exterior of the model, and we did not want that."
In their latest issue (64 and out now) the Mod Squad shows how to carefully remove the necessary hull panels and build a new substructure to support the new interior. And the addition that they've chosen to include? The probe droid console from the opening scenes of The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader first questioned Admiral Ozzel's tactical competency.
One of the best aspects of LEGO is that anything and everything is customisable, and knowing this fans often make their own improvements to official sets. Sometimes these are subtle details, while other times they're more involved. These modifications definitely falls into the latter category and the photographic tutorial that Blocks carefully guides the reader through all the steps to reach a successful outcome.
And it doesn't end there because the Mod Squad has left room for a number of other compartments, and they promise to continue their series of mods over the next few issues.
To get Blocks magazine delivered every month – ahead of the shops – visit www.blocksmag.com and check out the money-saving subscription deals available.